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Joel Engel

Joel (or Yoel) Engel (Russian: Юлий Дмитриевич (Йоэль) Энгель, Yuliy Dmitrievich (Yoel) Engel, 1868–1927) was a music critic, composer and one of the leading figures in the Jewish art music movement. Born in Russia, and later moving to Berlin and then to Palestine, Engel has been called "the true founding father of the modern renaissance of Jewish music."

As a composer, teacher, and organizer, Engel inspired a generation of Jewish classical musicians to rediscover their ethnic roots and create a new style of nationalist Jewish music, modelled after the national music movements of Russia, Slovakia, Hungary and elsewhere in Europe. This style—developed by composers Alexander Krein, Lazare Saminsky, Mikhail Gnesin, Solomon Rosowsky, and others—was an important influence on the music of many twentieth-century composers, as well as on the folk music of Israel. His work in preserving the musical tradition of the shtetl—the 19th-century Jewish village of eastern Europe—made possible the revival of klezmer music today.

Birth and Death Data: Born April 28, 1868 (Berdiansk), Died February 11, 1927 (Tel Aviv)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1918 - 1929

Roles Represented in DAHR: arranger, composer

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-21865 10-in. 5/29/1918 Main harz zugeiht in mir Elizabeth Gutman Female vocal solo, with orchestra arranger  
Victor B-21866 10-in. 5/29/1918 Schein bin ich Elizabeth Gutman Female vocal solo, with orchestra arranger  
Victor C-27445 12-in. 1/31/1923 Ahavat rahya Mordechai Hershman Tenor vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble arranger  
Victor CVE-49880 12-in. 2/27/1929 Kosel marovi Lea Golinkin Female vocal solo, with instrumental quartet composer  
Victor BVE-49881 10-in. 2/27/1929 A lullaby Lea Golinkin Female vocal solo, with instrumental quartet composer  
Victor BVE-49882 10-in. 2/27/1929 Etelle and Mottele Lea Golinkin ; Aleksandr Vikinskiĭ Female-male vocal duet, with instrumental quartet composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Engel, Joel," accessed May 29, 2024,

Engel, Joel. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 29, 2024, from

"Engel, Joel." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 29 May 2024.

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